Peter G. Whang MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Research Interests

Biology of spinal fusion; bone graft substitutes; Emerging technologies for spinal surgery; Motion-sparing/nonfusion techniques for spinal fusion; Evidence-based medicine


Research Summary

Dr. Whang is actively involved in clinical and basic science research with a focus on the biology of spinal fusion and bone healing, bone grafting substitutes, and evidence-based medicine. He continues to present the results of his studies at a number of national and international meetings. He is also involved in the development of new spinal implants and techniques. At this time he is currently an investigator for various clinical trials. Dr. Whang is on the editorial staff of several publications and serves on multiple committees for the National Association of Spine Surgeons (NASS). In addition to his research pursuits, Dr. Whang devotes much of his time to the teaching of residents and medical students in the Yale School of Medicine.


Selected Publications

  • Lee JY, Whang PG, Lee JY, et al. Lumbar spinal stenosis. Instr Course Lect 2013;62:383-96.
  • Chrastil J, Low JB, Whang PG, et al. Complications associated with the use of the recombinant human bone morphogenetic proteins for posterior interbody fusions of the lumbar spine. Spine 2013 Apr 26. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Fisher CG, Vaccaro AR, Mulpuri K, Angevine PD, Thomas KC, Patel AA, Prasad SK, Whang PG. Evidence-based recommendations for spine surgery. Spine 2012;37:E3-9
  • Whang PG, O’Hara BJ, Ratliff J, et al. Pseudarthrosis following lumbar interbody fusion using bone morphogenetic protein-2: Intraoperative and histopathologic findings. Orthopedics 2011;31:e1031-4.
  • Whang PG, Patel AA, Vaccaro AR. The development and evaluation of the subaxial injury classification scoring system for cervical spine trauma. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2010 Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Whang PG, Goldberg G, Lawrence JP, et al. The management of spinal injuries in patients with ankylosing spondylitis or diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis: a comparison of treatment methods and clinical outcomes. J Spinal Disord Tech 2009;22:77-85.

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